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April 16, 2008

New ABPCO chair appointed

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has appointed Lesley Maltman as its new chair. Lesley is managing director of MCI Belfast (formerly Ovation Group Northern Ireland), and her election was ratified at the ABPCO Annual General Meeting, held at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, on 27 June 2007.
Lesley was already a member of ABPCO’s Executive Committee and her appointment as Chair is initially for a 12-month term. She will lead the association through what is anticipated to be a period of dynamic change and growth. She takes over from Jonathan Wilson who retains his seat on the Committee.
Commenting on her election, Lesley said: “I am delighted to take the Chair at a very exciting time in ABPCO’s development. With an almost 100-strong membership covering the UK’s agency and in-house conference and event organiser sectors, ABPCO continues to act as a benchmark of best practice for our industry. The Executive Committee will work to develop our communications strategies, building the profile of the Association and thereby ensuring our profession is fully recognised. We will also continue to extend ABPCO’s offering, providing unique benefits to Association members whilst working to attract more qualified members.”
Two new members have joined the ABPCO Executive Committee: Nick Jordan, senior lecturer in events management, Leeds Metropolitan University, and Neil Thompson, managing director, Red White Blue Ltd, based in Southport.
ABPCO, as the only UK conference association with a membership drawn entirely from PCOs, and which has strict conditions for membership, is growing rapidly. It now has 69 full and 23 associate members. Between them, ABPCO members organise some 3,500 conferences and events annually.

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